Written answers

Monday, 4 March 2013

  • Scotland

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department.

    • Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the names and locations are of all properties used by officials of his Department; whether those properties are (a) owned by the Department, (b)...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) official receptions, (b) charity receptions and (c) receptions for external organisations he held at (i) Dover House and (ii) Melvile Crescent...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff are based in each property used by his Department.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate his Department's total staffing requirement in full-time equivalent posts for fulfilling its minimum statutory obligations.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Ballymurphy families; and if she will make a statement; (2) what assessment she has made of...

    • G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) the Chief Constable of the Police Service of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Kingsmills families; and if she will make a statement; (2) what recent discussions she has...

  • Wales

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by special advisers.

  • Transport

    • Car Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice he has issued to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on allowing flexibility on the use of free tax discs awarded to the parents or...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what position the Government plans to adopt at the Council of the European Union on the mandatory installation of acoustic vehicle alerting systems on...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what compensation is available for property owners in cases where the sale of a domestic property could not be completed as a result of circumstances...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he was made aware by officials in his Department that a paving Bill would be necessary in order to continue progress on the High Speed 2 project.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the application to and allocation of the exceptional hardship scheme for phase two of High Speed 2 will be decided under the same criteria as...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that Network Rail makes good any damage to neighbouring property caused by their employees or contractors in...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on daylight only maritime rescue co-ordination centres; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Counselling

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what assessment he has made of whether Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on counselling for rape victims and other vulnerable witnesses are being uniformly...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) keeps a record of how many times a Crown court judge has requested an application from the CPS on its case handling; and on...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions of cases referred to it from the Health and Safety Executive have been undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years.

      Overtime

      To ask the Attorney-General what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) the Law Officers' Departments and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of how many fewer cases per year the Crown Prosecution Service will prosecute following the introduction of a proportionality test in the...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the average length of a Serious Fraud Office prosecution has been in the last two years; (2) what the longest Serious Fraud Office prosecution has been...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many criminal investigations have been initiated by the Serious Fraud Office as a result of (a) referral from another Government agency, (b) referral from a...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Serious Fraud Office has spent training its employees on how to enforce the Bribery Act 2010.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what the average length of a Serious Fraud Office criminal investigation has been over the last two years; (2) how long the longest Serious Fraud Office...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions for (a) fraud, (b) money-laundering and (c) cartel offences the Serious Fraud Office has completed in the last year; and how many such...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many criminal investigations into (a) fraud, (b) money-laundering and (c) cartel offences the Serious Fraud Office has completed in the last financial year.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in the Law Officers' Departments includes review by special advisers.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Wheelchairs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the ease for disabled people in wheelchairs to have people accompanying them, other than their nominated carer, to be...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has allocated to each local authority to finance a council tax discount scheme to date; and what formula...

    • Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment his Department has made of the abolition of council tax discounts for second home owners; (2) what the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there were in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England in each of the last five years.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued on the meaning of the word advertisement in respect of the duty on an estate agent to...

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many meetings have taken place between his Department and individual local enterprise partnerships to discuss the...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list the outstanding projects from the UK for which applications for European regional development funding has been...

      Fire Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire officers have received training in an overseas country in each of the last five years.

      Housing Associations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of universal credit on the finances of housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases of overpayment of housing benefit were identified by each local authority in England in each of the last five...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many additional houses he expects the Housing Guarantee Scheme to create in (a) the private rented sector, (b) the social...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines his Department has issued to ensure that local enterprise partnerships engage with local black and minority...

      Local Government Finance: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what net change in Government grants Sefton municipal borough council will experience in financial year (a) 2012-13 and...

      Local Government: Dual Mandate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to ending the practice of dual mandates in local authorities for elected members.

      Local Government: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with Leeds council on (a) the amount of debt the council owes, (b) the interest paid on debt...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make an assessment of the effect of the postponement of the business rate revaluation to 2017 on the expected rate of...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the effect of increasing numbers of voluntary organisations on local authority revenue...

      Non-domestic Rates: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 64WS, on business rate retention...

      Non-domestic Rates: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 October 2012, Official Report, column 64WS, on business rate retention...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have met with (i) HM Treasury, (ii) the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department has been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses have been built on flood plains in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Haltemprice and Howden since 2002; and...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of steps being taken by local authorities to increase recycling; and which local authority has the...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a household currently housed in temporary accommodation by a local authority will be found to be intentionally homeless...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by...

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many dual nationals have had their UK nationality removed since May 2010; (2) whether the Government has removed a person's...

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reason Mahdi Hashi was deprived of his British citizenship; (2) when the decision was taken to deprive Mahdi Hashi of his...

      Crimes of Violence: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been assaulted or harassed on trains in each of the last five years.

      Customs: Orchids

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many orchids have been confiscated at UK borders in each of the last five years.

      ICT: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on employment opportunities for UK IT professionals of recent trends in use of the intra-company...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many business establishments in (a) the UK, (b) the east of England and (c) Essex have been fined for employing illegal foreign national...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for elderly dependent relatives from non-EEA countries to obtain leave to stay in the UK UK Border Agency have (a)...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department issues to the UK Border Agency on removing from the UK citizens of other EU member states who are seeking to...

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to the Minister for Immigration dated 14 January 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter of 4 December 2012 from the hon. Member for Warley regarding the case of Mrs Dhuga.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies she has commissioned on the effects of a nuclear weapon (a) ground burst and (b) airborne detonation over a UK city.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2013, Official Report, column 123W, on passports, if she will consider collecting data on (a) the age of...

      Passports: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the number of people applying for British passports through the British embassy in Dublin between 2000 and 2011.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of prostitutes working in the UK who are (a) women, (b) men, (c) under the age of 16, (d)...

      Social Networking: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the usefulness of social media in preventing crime.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed at the (a) UK Border Agency, (b) UK Border Force and (c) Identity and Passport Service in January (i) 2011 and...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are currently employed at the (a) UK Border Agency, (b) UK Border Force and (c) Identity and Passport Service.

      Tourists: Passenger Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between Ministers and (a) the UK Chamber of Shipping and (b) cruise industry representatives on the...

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on (a) the Government Car Service and (b) other taxi or car services for ministerial travel in each year since...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has visited (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria, (c) Poland and (d) the USA in an official capacity.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in her Department includes review by special advisers.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer question no. 140113, tabled on 24 January 2013 for answer on 28 January 2013.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the benefits to the creative industries of the UK's EU membership.

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the UK she expects to be covered by 4G mobile services in each of the next five years.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential merits of altering Broadband UK rules to ensure competition in the supply of superfast...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to announce the projects to be funded under the Rural Community Broadband Fund.

      Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held with the Attorney-General and the Secretary of State for Justice on steps to protect the families of...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set up an independent inquiry into the role and influence of agents in professional football.

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that local sports and leisure facilities are affordable.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help bring about an arms trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment in detention of Dr. Ali Ekri, Dr. Al Samahiji and Ibraheem Aldemestani in Bahrain;...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Bahraini counterparts about the removal of nationality of 31 Bahraini citizens by the...

      Bahrain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials in his Department have made any statements to the Bahraini media in connection with the removal of nationality...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is giving to the maintenance of parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to respond to the UN (Ruggie) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the governments of (a) Canada, (b) the United States and (c) Singapore requesting them to...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on whether discussions were held in the 1980s with the government of Argentina on the...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations regarding its decision not to compensate cholera victims in Haiti.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the claim for compensation from the United Nations by cholera victims in Haiti.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures are in place within his Department to deal with breaches of the code of conduct by special advisers.

      Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which sovereign states are known by his Department to have the power to deprive citizens of their citizenship for reasons other...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation his Department plans to have at the forthcoming Conference on the Consequences of Nuclear Weapon Use in Oslo...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government on civilian casualties in Gaza.

      Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Libyan government for the transferral of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to the...

      Saudi Arabia and Oman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent steps he has taken to improve bilateral co-operation with (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Oman in the fight against...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the adoption by the United Nations of the comprehensive convention on international terrorism.

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the authorities in Tunisia on freedom of expression when the new Government of Tunisia is formed.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the bombing of targets in Yemen by Saudi Arabian forces; whether aircraft manufactured by UK...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advisory Committee on Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the name is of each member of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides; and whether any member has declared that he or she...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received on the outturn of EU budget negotiations on future subsidy payments for farmers.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a)...

      Animal Welfare: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department will publish the result of the consultation on the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a cull on badgers to be rolled out throughout the UK.

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the successes and failures of the move of British Waterways from a public...

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences the Environment Agency has issued for crayfish trapping in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Crayfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been arrested for illegal crayfish trapping in each of the last 10 years.

      Crayfish: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences the Environment Agency has issued for crayfish trapping in Hampshire in the last three years.

      Crayfish: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences the Environment Agency has issued for crayfish trapping in Wiltshire in the latest period for which figures...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of dangerous dogs.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, on tackling irresponsible dog ownership,...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to reduce the effect of flooding on productive agricultural land.

      Food: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Europol's involvement in the investigation of contaminated food products.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he next expects to meet the Irish Minister for Agriculture; whether he will discuss food labelling and food provenance...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in the Scottish Government...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcomes were of his discussions with his ministerial counterpart in the Republic of Ireland on (a) food policy...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Forestry Commission programmes are supported by the fees charged by the Forestry Commission in visitor car parks.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued since 2003.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government is giving consideration to reinstating the National Equine Database.

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the 32,000 potential duplicate records of horses in the UK identified by the...

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency first received correspondence from the Ulster Society for the...

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many thoroughbred race horses (a) in training, (b) in breeding and (c) out of training were slaughtered in UK abattoirs...

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) name, (b) location and (c) ownership of meat plants which may have been the sources...

      Meat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times assessment and testing for horsemeat and other substances has taken place at each meat processing plant in the...

      Meat: Ritual Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tests the Food Standards Agency is conducting to ensure that food in the public sector food supply chain labelled as...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the letter of the Minister of Natural Environment and Fisheries to the hon. Member for Chesterfield of 24...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the Government will publish its response to the Law Commission’s consultation on wildlife law.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the Government plans to respond to the Environmental Audit Committee’s third report of Session 2012-13, HC...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to promote the benefits of home cooking to parents.

      Porpoises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will respond to requests for information from the European Commission with regard to the UK's position on designating...

      Schmallenberg Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the economic effect of the Schmallenberg virus on (a) farmers and (b) regional...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on training and education for civil servants in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will...

      Turtles: Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the Cayman Turtle Farm fulfils its commitment to improve conditions at...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the development of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent research his Department has conducted on the effect of the Government's Big Society policy on the charitable sector.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether his Department is signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme; (2) whether the Deputy Prime Minister's Office has signed up to the...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to increase disabled people's internet usage.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what Government vehicles were used to transport Ministers in his Department to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games events.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the proposals by Dr Stephen Castell to secure potential savings from ICT procurement; and if he will make a statement.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many days of paid sickness leave per individual member of staff are authorised in his Department on an annual basis; (2) what steps he is...

      Social Incubator Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what organisations in each region have received support from his Department's Social Incubator fund; and how much has been dispersed to each region.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by special advisers.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the increased rate of loss of Arctic ice; and what steps he is taking at national and international...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce the negative externalities of biomass.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether roundwood biofuels count towards the EU 2020 emissions targets.

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the development of clean coal technology is an integral part of UK Government energy policy.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to assist small electricity suppliers with research and development costs.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on encouraging local authorities to use...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reducing tax burdens on small electricity suppliers.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure that energy companies do not continually roll over energy contracts.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the European Commission on the level of VAT levied on energy saving...

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which projects were successful in applying for Government funding under the Cheaper Energy Together collective switching scheme.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC and the Gas Directive 2009/73/EC on end user...

      Fluidised Bed Combustion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the use of fluidised bed combustion technology for the production of energy.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to engage (a) communities and (b) community energy suppliers to lift people out of fuel poverty.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on the saleability of a property of having a Green Deal loan attached.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to reply to the letter of 16 January 2013 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on behalf of a constituent.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the National Infrastructure Plan, published in December 2012, page 43, what work his Department has done to bring...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what work has been undertaken in his Department to take forward the proposals of the Science and Technology Select Committee in its...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many staff at Ofgem received bonuses in excess of (a) £1,420, (b) £2,000, (c) £5,000, (d) £10,000, (e)...

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will seek assurances from UK Coal that it will continue production at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire, once the fires have been...

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance his Department is giving to UK Coal to restructure its business and safeguard jobs in the deep mine coal industry.

      UK Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance the Government is giving to UK Coal to tackle the serious fire underground at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received help from the Warm...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average level of grant provided to households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to introduce bank account number portability in this Parliament in order to stimulate challenger banks, broader access to finance and...

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit unions in the UK have failed since 1 January 2011.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received supporting the introduction of the 10p rate of income tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking with the financial services industry to improve the operation of the R85 procedure allowing people who do not...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to enhance ISAs for savers; and if he will make a statement.

      Individual Savings Accounts: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of rules prohibiting a child with a child trust fund from opening a junior ISA; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter dated 28 January 2013 from the hon. Member for Walsall North relating to a constituent, ref. 1/07344/2013.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place within his Department to deal with breaches of the code of conduct by special advisers.

      Personal Savings and Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of (a) bank and building society savers and (b) mortgage holders in the UK; and what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) Northumbrian Water, (b) Yorkshire Water, (c) Anglian Water, (d) Thames Water, (e) South Staffs Water and (f)...

      Tax Burden

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much of the average tax-burden of a working family goes towards paying for (a) welfare payments excluding the basic state pension,...

      Trade: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Priority for Action to increase trade and investment between the UK and the Territories on page 36 of the Government's White Paper...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost to each household of the increase in VAT in each year since the increase in that tax rate.

  • International Development

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2013, Official Report, column 644W, on Argentina, whether the UK delegation registered a vote...

    • Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with banks regarding food price speculation.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effect of food price speculation on world hunger; and if she will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department provides support to developing countries to increase the quantity of healthcare workers relative to the total...

      Developing Countries: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to work with other governments and international bodies to aim to eliminate absolute poverty globally by...

      Developing Countries: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to implement the commitment in its Faith Partnership Principles paper to build a systematic...

      Developing Countries: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role the creation and dissemination of new technology plays in her Department's international development strategy; and if she...

      Mali

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the role investment in infrastructure in Northern Mali can play in reducing unrest; what assistance her...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria will be applied in deciding whether to resume aid payments to Rwanda following the Peace, Security and Co-operation...

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff her Department employed in each of the past five years; how many such staff were employed in London; how many such staff...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on each aid project it supports in Syria in each of the last three years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in her Department includes review by special advisers.

  • Education

    • AS-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the future of AS levels; and if he will make a statement.

    • School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to improve outcomes for children who have been permanently excluded from school.

      Autistic Children: Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the additional support needed by children on the autistic spectrum to enable them to participate in mainstream...

      GCSE Grade Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to tackle grade inflation in GCSEs.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the level of alcohol-related absenteeism in his Department; whether his Department has an (a) internal alcohol policy and...

      Children in Care: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) looked-after children and (b) children in foster care in England are classified as having a disability; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy to require Ofsted to assess the support services schools offer to children with health conditions.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the Government plans to consult on recommendations of the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth that the UK should (a) also promote at EU level an...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce which recipients of universal credit will be entitled to free school meals; and for how long he plans to consult on his proposals.

      Primary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of primary school places in rural areas.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much was spent on schools per pupil in each of the last 30 years.

      Schools: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the potential effect of inward migration from Romania and Bulgaria on the number of primary school pupils from 2014.

      Schools: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education under what responsibility local authorities are placed to confirm that parents applying for school places for their children who are immigrants from...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his Department's document, Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability—Progress and next...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the Sixth Report of the Education Committee, Pre-legislative scrutiny: special educational needs, HC 631, what plans he has to establish a...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to his answer of 14 February 2013, Official Report, column 802W, on Teachers: Training, what proportion of Schools Direct trainees are...

      Teachers: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ex-service personnel have (a) enrolled on and (b) completed the Troops to Teachers programme to date.

  • Defence

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets his Department set for the delivery of the measures outlined in the 2010 strategic defence and security review.

    • Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget was of the Defence Support Group in each of the last five years; and whether the Defence Support Group has been a net (a) contributor to...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what analysis his Department has made of the effect that a sale of the Defence Support Group will have on the support that that body provides to the...

      Depleted Uranium: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many depleted uranium rounds are planned to be test fired in the Kirkcudbright Range in Dundrennan in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014; and when each such...

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tomahawk land attack missiles have been (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully test fired from HMS Astute to date.

      HMS Tireless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the leak from the reactor on HMS Tireless was first discovered; for what reasons the submarine was moved through the Irish sea to Devonport from off...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent reports he has received on cracks in the engine blades of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Michael Dugher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Mr Michael Dugher was registered as a visitor to his Department's main building between 2006 and 2008.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which air assets are equipped with Link 16 communications equipment.

      RFA Fort Austin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of refitting RFA Fort Austin; and when that vessel will re-enter service.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what dates security passes to his Department were removed or cancelled for (a) General Sir Charles Guthrie, (b) Admiral Sir Jonathon Band and...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further contracts under the Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme will be signed with tier one companies; when any such contracts will be...

      Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of when the first Tide tanker will be in service.

      Unmanned Aerial and Marine Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential of (a) unmanned underwater vehicles and (b) unmanned aerial vehicles for maritime reconnaissance.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Black Hornet unmanned aerial vehicle systems have been purchased; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such purchases.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) type, (b) circular error probability and (c) blast radius is of each variant of the Hellfire precision guided missile employed by the UK...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the current value of (a) HMS Illustrious, (b) HMS Ocean and (c) HMS Albion.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the current value of (a) HMS Protector, (b) HMS Echo, (c) HMS Enterprise, (d) HMS Scott, (e) HMS Endurance and (f) HMS Gleaner.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any requirement is placed on doctors who have reached an opinion that the grounds for abortion under section 1(1)(a) or 1(1)(b) of the Abortion...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2013, House of Lords, Official Report, column WA135, on abortion, if he will obtain data compiled by Eurocat on...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, House of Lords, Official Report, column WA185, on abortion, upon what evidence the statement that in practice...

      Abortion: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) NHS hospitals, (b) clinics and (c) surgeries in Lancashire provide abortions; and how many abortions were carried out at each such location in 2012.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 839W, on care homes: fees and charges, whether his Department has received any reports...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for the Care Quality Commission in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012; how many inspections were carried out by the commission in (i)...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2013, House of Lords, Official Report, column WA183, on abortion, for what reasons he does not consider it to be in...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to and what discussions officials of his Department have had with the National Institute for Health and...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis have been prevented from being tissue donors since 2007; and for what reasons recipients of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what (a) advice and (b) evidential basis his Department defines myalgic encephalomyelitis as a psychological condition; (2) what assessment his...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions officials of his Department have had with the Medical Research Council on the possibility of conducting further research to evaluate the...

      Chronic Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has conducted and (b) holds on the effect of long-term prescription medications for management of chronic pain...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of potential risk of a coronovirus outbreak to the UK population.

      Croydon University Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Care Quality Commission and NHS London on the abnormally high mortality rate at Croydon University...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in the UK have diabetes; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of such children whose diabetes is inadequately managed.

      Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received that the examining body responsible for marking the situational judgment tests taken by final year medical students, the UK...

      Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the (a) UK Foundation Programme Office and (b) British Medical Association to discuss the error in the marking process...

      Doctors: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many final year medical students passed their final examinations in the last year for which figures are available; and how many F1 job placements will...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of a complete treatment package incorporating methadone maintenance and other substitute medications by (a) GP-shared, care-based...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to announce the financial allocation to each local authority for taking over public health responsibilities.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to encourage GPs to identify patients most at risk of emergency hospital admission and to provide such patients with pro-active...

      Horse Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities are participating in (a) phase 1, (b) phase 2 and (c) phase 3 of the Food Standards Agency's survey testing for equine DNA.

      Horses: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many UK abattoirs are licensed to kill horses; and how many of those are licensed to kill other livestock.

      Hospitals: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make representations to the Competition Commission inquiry into the proposed merger between the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the use of vitamin and mineral supplements to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what organisms are known to exist in imported bushmeat; and what the consequences may be in terms of infection in humans.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the existing protocols for the use of police officers to restrain...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people who are prescribed methadone are on a reducing methadone script.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place within his Department to deal with breaches of the code of conduct by special advisers.

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment on the potential health effects on children of the use of mobile telephones from an early age.

      National Treatment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of staff who previously worked for the National Treatment Agency (a) now work for and (b) are planned to move to Public...

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on implementing the actions set out in his Department's report, Innovation, Health and Wealth, published in December 2011.

      NHS: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department took account of the financial interests of respondents when assessing the results of its consultation on Securing the Best Value...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether clinical commissioning groups that do not submit NHS services to open competition will be afforded protection from legal proceedings under...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist stoma nurses posts there were in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on ensuring that (a) stoma and (b) continence patients can continue to access support and advice from specialist nurses; and if he will...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of school nurses in each of the last five years; and if will make a statement.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to provide NHS patients with a choice of (a) method of care and treatment and (b) different providers of such care and treatment and...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of appointments listed on the NHS Choose and Book website which are not actually available to book; and if he will...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether clinicians performing personal independence payment (PIP) assessments will be subcontracted to NHS trusts by Atos; and what assessment he has made...

      Phenylbutazone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2013, Official Report, column 521W, on horses: slaughterhouses, when the two positive phenylbutazone test results...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance his Department provides for patients with complex prescriptions when they purchase sight-correction appliances.

      Private Patients: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many non-EEA overseas private patients have been treated in England in each year since 2009-10; (2) how many non-EEA overseas private patients...

      Royal Lancaster Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from hon. Members on the e-petition entitled Against the removal of Accident and Emergency, Maternity and Intensive...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department was last assessed for compliance with the European School Milk Scheme.

      Self-harm: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of levels of self-harm in (a) Middlesbrough, (b) Redcar and Cleveland and (c) the North East; (2) with reference to the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effectiveness of advertisements on encouraging people to stop smoking.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to apply changes in social care funding planned for 2017 retrospectively from 2012.

      Soft Drinks: Cinemas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to limit the size and availability of large soft drinks at cinemas.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the planned tool for use locally to audit current practice and improve implementation of the revised Royal College of Obstetricians and...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the potential for smart-meter technology to assist with the provision of...

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential (a) effect on rates of smoking and (b) saving to the NHS of the introduction of standardised tobacco...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are on organ transplant waiting lists.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ transplant patients were transferred from Scotland to England for care in each of the last four years.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect of over-working on mental and physical health.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were started in (a) the Milton Keynes unitary authority area and (b) Milton Keynes South constituency in...

    • Apprentices: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships in each sector commenced in (a) Mid Sussex constituency and (b) the south-east in each of the last five...

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 18 April 2012, Official Report, column 381W, on business: research, by what date the Technology...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it an offence for retailers to sell barbecue and camping equipment without...

      Companies: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new companies were registered in (a) the Milton Keynes unitary authority area and (b) Milton Keynes South constituency...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the legal costs that will be incurred by businesses and other organisations as a result of courts...

      Copyright Research Expert Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many current members of the Copyright Research Expert Advisory Group have been commissioned by the Intellectual...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2012, Official Report, column 729W, on employee ownership, what estimate he has made of the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the UK's market share of the global environmental goods and services sector in 2011-12.

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are working on the US-EU High Level Working Group on recommendations for...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what benchmarks his Department has set for outcomes of the work of the US-EU High Level Working Group on negotiations between the...

      EU Grants and Loans: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will support the Mayor of London's proposal for him to be granted the status of Managing Authority for EU grants allocated...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many events have been held under the Open Data Immersion programme; on what dates and at which locations these took place;...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects an independent impact evaluation of the Open Data Immersion programme to be carried out.

      Graphene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 835W, on graphene, what research or statistics on...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many schools have received 20 or more Oxbridge offers since 1 January 2013; (2) how many Oxbridge offers have been...

      Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of the average number of paid holidays by (a) law and (b) agreement in the UK and in...

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for the devolution of additional powers to the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many individual awards from Round Two of the Regional Growth Fund have not yet received a final agreed offer; and what the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by what date he expects the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund to be operational.

      Sand: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many tonnes of sand have been imported in each of the last five years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many part-time students have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded loans for tuition fees in the 2012-13 academic year;...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many British business centres he expects to be operational in India by 2017; and which other 19 locations will host overseas...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by special...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he will publish a revised impact assessment of the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth that the UK...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been written off in arrears by the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in each of the last five...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average length of time between an employment and support allowance (ESA) claimant contacting his Department to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional discretionary housing payment awarded in respect of the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty and benefit cap is as a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households negatively affected by (a) the under-occupancy penalty, (b) the benefit cap and (c) both...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding was allocated in discretionary housing payments to each local authority in England in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; and how...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people with terminal illnesses will be excluded from the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse would be of exempting members of the armed forces from the social sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether cancer patients who require a spare room for medical reasons will be excluded from the under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse would be of exempting disabled people from the social sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse would be of exempting foster carers from the social sector under-occupancy penalty.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what internal performance standards there are for benefit centres for (a) returning calls and (b) processing claims.

      Jobcentre Plus: Worthing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Worthing benefit centre has delivered against its internal performance standards in (a) returning calls and (b) processing claims in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for jobseeker’s allowance were withdrawn following notification of the death of the claimant where that claimant had...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions he has had with European Union officials on proposals for the Insurance and Occupational Pensions directive; (2)...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential for equity release to enable a greater number of older people to stay in their homes for longer.

      Remploy: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the statement of 7 March 2012, on employment support, when he plans to allocate £8 million to help ex-Remploy staff find...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a communications strategy has been put in place to inform all recipients of welfare benefits of their changed circumstances as a result...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people aged 18-24 have been in receipt of out-of-work benefits for more than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years and (d)...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants who underwent a computerised assessment conducted by Atos and were declared fit for work died within six months of their...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants have appealed successfully against the original Atos determination of their capacity to work since 1 April 2012.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against a work capability assessment decision were withdrawn following the notification of death of the appellant in (a) 2010,...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people waited (a) between 0 and 13 weeks and (b) more than 13 weeks to undergo a work capability assessment in (i) 2011, (ii) 2012 and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mental function champions have been employed by Atos Healthcare for the purposes of the work capability assessment in (a) total and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Atos Healthcare-approved health care professionals were withdrawn from carrying out functions under the Medical Services Agreement for...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Atos-approved healthcare professionals have been deployed in benefit centres in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013 to date; and at which...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the procedure and sign-off process for responding to parliamentary questions in his Department includes review by special advisers.

  • Justice

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) formal and (b) informal Government and professional rules and regulations are in place to control the number of entrants into the legal profession.

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to stop people from being barred from the legal profession where false and malicious complaints are made about them to the police;...

      Motor Vehicles: Spare Parts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for (a) producing and (b) importing counterfeit motor vehicle parts in each of the last five years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in the event that he outsources probation tasks, what training and experience staff employed by the private sector will have in supervising offenders who...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in the event that he outsources probation tasks, what steps he plans to take to ensure proper and diligent departmental oversight of contracts; (2)...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners released from (a) HMP Holme House, (b) HMP Kirklevington Grange, (c) HMP Durham, (d) HMP Frankland, (e) HMP Low Newton and...

      Social Networking: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences using evidence obtained from social networking websites since 2011.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place for young offenders who have previously had an education health and care plan when they leave the criminal justice system...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider applying an upper limit on the amount of payments given to landowners under the reformed common agricultural policy.

    • Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom landowners were in receipt of more than £250,000 from the common agricultural policy in 2010-11.

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of damage to bee populations across the United Kingdom and Europe associated with neonicotinoids, they will vote in favour of a suspension of...

      Banking: LIBOR

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the panel established to appoint a new LIBOR administrator to take over from the British Bankers' Association; and what progress the panel...

      Banks: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the rate of progress at the Royal Bank of Scotland with regard to the "adjustments that they are making in terms of making it a strong...

      Children: Child Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the business representatives who accompanied the Prime Minister on his recent trade visit to India were asked to declare in advance whether their companies...

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish general impact assessments to accompany each statutory instrument laid before the House of Lords legislating an exception to copyright.

      Drugs: Pre-Licensed Medicines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a decision will be made on whether to introduce an early access scheme for making new and promising medicines, with a safety and efficacy profile, available...

      Energy: Electricity Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the warnings from the chief executive of Ofgem that security of electricity supply could be under threat by 2015-16, what consideration they have...

      Environment: Local Green Spaces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether locally designated green spaces allocated in local plans and neighbourhood plans will automatically have the status of public open space.

      Finance: Contactless Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential use of contactless payments services being used to purchase national and local government services.

      Government Departments: Statutory Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which statutory instruments originating from the Home Office and in effect on 31 May 2010 no longer apply; on what dates those instruments ceased to apply; which...

      Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions apply to non-European Union students who have graduated from British universities staying in the United Kingdom if they obtain employment or seek...

      Higher Education: Loans and Bursaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government of which independent providers of higher education students are eligible to apply for (1) student loans to cover tuition costs, and (2) bursaries for living costs.

      Higher Education: Loans and Bursaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students studying higher education courses offered by independent providers of higher education received loans or bursaries provided by public funds in...

      Higher Education: Loans and Bursaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many student places at higher education courses offered by independent providers of higher education will be eligible for loans or bursaries provided by the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied minors, excluding those from other European Union countries, entered the United Kingdom in 2012.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any difference between the current aggregate price level and the level that would have been achieved if the Monetary Policy...

      Media: Press Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the report by the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism on media regulation in the European Union; whether any proposals to...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Office's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) can have only non-ex officio members who are independent economists; who are the current members of the...

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many senior staff have been made redundant on enhanced redundancy terms at Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land are held by developers for which planning permission has (1) been sought and granted, and (2) not yet been sought.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the last year for which figures are available, how many hectares of land for which planning permission has been granted remained undeveloped 12 months after...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are available to ensure that developers complete the full development of land they hold.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims by Sri Lankan nationals relating to torture and inhuman treatment after they had been forcibly removed to Sri Lanka by the...

      Sterling: Devaluation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the devaluation of Sterling forms part of their economic policy; and, if not, what action they intend to take to counter it.

      Torture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the conclusions of the reports by the Open Society Justice Initiative, Globalising Torture and the Centre for Policy Studies, Neither...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-United Kingdom citizens are employed by the UK Border Agency.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students were granted visas in each of the past three years from (1) India, (2), Pakistan, and (3) Bangladesh; how many from each country, and in what...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to ensure the elections due this year in Zimbabwe are free and fair.

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